Library of Latin Diagrams
- During late
antiquity in the West, visualizations of information flowered.
Classical antiquity had popularized tabular calendars - the fasti
- and Greek geometrical diagrams, but had not yet happened on the idea of
arranging abstract concepts in shapes to make them visually comprehensible.
Around the fourth century CE, diagrams of history, topology, logic
and kinship are invented, mainly for educational use. Only recently, with
the rise of infographic design as a profession, have those ingenious early
diagrams been recognized as the foundation of today's visualizations.
- This portal
was created in 2002 to explore macro-typography: the principles by which
textual information can be laid out on a page to make the role of
each element clear. My investigations from 2009 onwards to discover how
genealogical data had historically been laid out revealed new fields which had been
neglected by scholarship. Reports from these historical findings became
an ever-larger part of the portal and evolved into Piggin's
Library of Latin Diagrams. The research climaxed in
the publication in 2018 of the book Mind's Eye.
The Macro-Typography section has hardly been updated since the early days, but
its advocacy of a human-friendly ontology of information which embraces
our natural ways of reading data remains as fresh as ever.
- How to Use
- All SVG images on this website can be zoomed in and out
- .. and can often be scrolled horizontally ...